Why Study Abroad?

Going Abroad
Spending time abroad opens a window to a world of new experiences. Students who incorporate overseas study into their academic programs deepen their knowledge and understanding of global, political, economic, and social issues.

Study abroad promotes academic enrichment and personal growth. It also enhances your employment prospects. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who have studied abroad. Students who have returned from a successful study experience abroad possess skills that are valued in today's competitive workplace: international knowledge and second language skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances and deal constructively with differences. Study abroad returnees have demonstrated that they can thrive in new and often challenging environments.      

Identifying Objectives
Why do you want to study abroad? You may have some very specific reasons: to improve language skills, for example, or to prepare for graduate school. Other reasons may be more general or abstract but are just as valid: to learn about another culture, to enhance your education, to meet new people, to travel. Your self-assessment and candid responses to following questions can guide you to the kind of program best suited to meet your academic and personal goals.

Questions to Consider

  • Where do you want to go? Why?
  • How much time do you want to spend abroad?
  • How much money can you afford to spend?
  • How will study abroad fit into your academic program?
  • Will the courses you take fulfill major requirements or count as electives?
  • Will going abroad alter your graduation plans?
  • How deeply do you want to be immersed in the culture?

Once you have given some thought to these questions and identified your objectives, your next step is to become familiar with the various opportunities open to you.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.